TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce Photo.com)

Pittard Sears Fountain Closed for the Winter

Closed fountain at Pittard Sears parking area

Due to the sub-freezing temperatures on November 12 through 14, we opted to shut down our fountain to avoid freeze damage to the internal hoses and brass parts vulnerable to freeze damage. Weather permitting, we'll re-open it in late March. The fountains at the New Hope Church Road trailhead have also been shut down but the faucets in the restrooms are still on.

Volunteer Workday at Eagle Spur Trail

On Saturday, May 18th, TRTC is sponsoring a second clean-up session at the Eagle Spur Trail.
The Eagle Spur is the remnant of the original 1920's "Tobacco Trail" rail grade abandoned with the construction of Jordan Lake and runs from Stagecoach Road 2.3 miles to the lake. The land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has taken the responsibility for maintaining the trail.
The Eagle Spur Trail has taken quite a “hit” lately mostly due to lots of rain and inundation from historically high Jordan Lake levels that have put large sections of the trail corridor under water for significant amounts of time. There are quite a few trees down, many logs that floated in and remained when the lake level receded, and a generous portion of "Jordan Lake trash". If you have ever hiked a trail and most of us have… Here is your chance to give back! A LOT of trails exist only because they have been volunteer built and maintained. This is one of them. We now need YOUR help to reopen this trail. Bring water and a snack, sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

DETAILS: We will be meeting at 69 Colvard Park Drive, Durham 27713-5808. From there it is short walk to the trail through the woods.
SATURDAY, May 18th. Time: 9:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M – You can stay longer if you like!

Trail Map (reference only!): See (http://www.triangletrails.org/pdfs/EagleSpur.pdf)

White Oak Creek Greenway Officially Opened on March 9

White Oak and ATT intersection

The White Oak Greenway opening ceremony will be held at 2 pm on March 9th, 2019. This new greenway has been under construction for several years and the final sections were completed late in 2018. It connects with the ATT just north of the Wimberly Road parking area at ~mile 18.25. Give it a try, its all hard surface but has lots of boardwalks and is a bit different than the ATT. This greenway is 7.3 miles long and ends at Bond Park at High House Road.

New ATT Maps Here for Viewing and Printing

We have just posted updated maps of the ATT (see left hand sidebar) showing mile points, water access and other info for all three counties as well as connections for the nearby greenways in Durham. Among other changes, we added notes about the recently completed White Oak Creek trail which now connects with the ATT just north of the Wimberly Road parking area. Give it a try, its all hard surface but has lots of boardwalks and is a bit different than the ATT. As previously, our maps are in PDF format and can be printed. Hard copies of these maps are generally available at the trail kiosks at Scott-King Road, O'Kelly Chapel Road and by the rest room bulletin board at the New Hope Church Road trailhead. Copies are also available at the REI stores in Durham and Cary.

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